Skin is your body’s biggest organ, so it can be alarming when your skin starts to look unhealthy. But much of that un-healthiness is due to factors you can change quickly. If you have noticed that your skin is becoming overly dry, blotchy, puffy, or pasty, and your doctor has given you a clean bill of health, take a look at these four strategies for giving unhealthy skin a healthy, healed glow.

  1. Drink Water

You would not believe how quickly dehydration can affect how your skin looks. Skipping your daily water needs can cause your lips to become dry and chapped, and over time, your skin can start to look older and paler than it really is. Skip too much water and your body can start to retain what little it gets, causing you to swell. In some cases, that overall water retention can turn into edema around your ankles and feet. In other words, your ankles and feet puff up visibly.

If you can’t remember how much water you’ve had to drink today, grab a cup now. Sip on water slowly throughout the day and look for signs that the increased water intake is having an effect. Your lips should start to feel supple again relatively quickly, and the water retention should start to disappear over the next few days. Don’t overdo your water intake; too much water can be deadly. But sipping slowly on a few glasses of water each day will be OK. Over the next few days, you should also start to see your face look less saggy. Water won’t get rid of wrinkles, unfortunately, but your face shouldn’t look as hollow once you’ve rehydrated properly.

  1. Cosmetic Surgery

Sometimes you need some external help with how your skin looks, especially if you have a lot of spots or rough patches, or sagging skin. Cosmetic surgery can help you smooth out problem areas and give you a refreshed look that could make people think you’ve gotten a bit younger. There are several types of cosmetic surgery for skin issues, so you’d need to meet with a surgeon to discuss exactly what would work for you. If you want to learn more, start doing your research. You could speak to your local clinic, or look into going abroad for treatment with Trip Surgery. Healthy skin is beautiful, and with care, you can turn sallow sagging into firmer, happier skin.

  1. Check Your Cosmetics

Your skincare products, ironically, can be a contributing factor for unhealthy skin. Many contain ingredients that are harsh on skin, and if you have sensitive skin, you could be getting a double dose of irritation. Look for products that contain as few ingredients as possible and that are labelled as hypoallergenic. Note that “hypoallergenic” just means that the product is less likely to trigger an allergic reaction, so if you continue to have problems even after switching to hypoallergenic products, start trying additional products.

  1. Take a Look at Your Diet

Are you eating a lot of salty, sugary foods like fast food and candy? All of that can mess with your skin. What you want to eat are fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains. Try to avoid sugary drinks like sodas and drink plain tea and water. Obviously, you can’t avoid all your fun foods, but you can make them actual treats again by limiting your intake of them. Snack on plain yogurt mixed with crushed berries, or grab a handful of unsalted nuts. Follow a good meal plan and make the foods on your lunch and dinner plates match the programs guidelines.

There’s a lot of advice that advocates eating organic foods, and to some extent, that can help. However, it’s better to eat a variety of healthy conventional foods if you can’t afford to make everything you eat organic.

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